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Meaning of vicar

vic•ar

Pronunciation: (vik'ur), [key]
— n.
    1. a person acting as priest of a parish in place of the rector, or as representative of a religious community to which tithes belong.
    2. the priest of a parish the tithes of which are impropriated and who receives only the smaller tithes or a salary.
    1. a member of the clergy whose sole or chief charge is a chapel dependent on the church of a parish.
    2. a bishop's assistant in charge of a church or mission.
  1. an ecclesiastic representing the pope or a bishop.
  2. a person who acts in place of another; substitute.
  3. a person who is authorized to perform the functions of another; deputy: God's vicar on earth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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